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  • LTW: South Korea - Japan Conflct & The Kot Keun Theory


    South Korea and Japan are into diplomatic/economic war never seen since liberation in 1945. Japan announced export restrictions to S.Korea on key materials like hydrogen fluoride used in semiconductors effective July 4, saying "trust" between the two nations was broken after the Korean Supreme court's decision to order Japanese companies like Nippon Steel to compensate Korean workers forced to provide labor during Japanese colonial rule. Japanese government has been arguing that the Korean Supreme Court decision is against the 1965 diplomacy normalization agreement in which Japan provide $500 million, then 25% of Japanese foreign currency reserve, as a overall compensation for the Japanese rule of Korea in return for no further demand whatsoever.

  • 5 Ways Photowalks Can Make You a Better Photographer

    I am not the most social person, especially when it comes to meeting new people. However, there is just something about a photowalk that decreases the awkwardness of social interaction and allows you to meet people on a different level.

    Recently, I hosted a photowalk here in Ulsan, South Korea. This is sort of training for an upcoming project that I have in the works. Photowalks in this area are a hit and a miss at times. However, this one was great as it brought together some great people and it was a great time.


  • A Birthday Cake for Charlie

    A decade ago — or possibly even less — I would’ve made fun of the kind of person who made a birthday cake for their dog. We always had family dogs while I was growing up, but they were backyard dogs who, while part of the family, weren’t really as integral a part of the household as Charlie has become.

    To say that it’s been a rough couple of months would be an understatement. At the end of May, I caught a bad case of the flu, and as it reached its pinnacle, my mom called to say that she had collapsed at home and had been taken to the hospital via ambulance. My mom had ongoing health issues, so I tried not to be too alarmed, but I had a bad feeling from the start. The next day, she called again to say that there was a mass on her liver, and that the doctors suspected it was cancer, and that if it was, that it had probably migrated there from elsewhere in her body.


  • Trump’s Third Pandering, Legitimizing, Normalizing Photo-Op Summit with Kim Jong Un: Trump is Getting Played


  • How To Shoot a Sunrise: Part 2

    This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. You can read Part 1 here.

    In this part we are going to look at how to edit your sunrise shots. I feel that his is an integral part of the process. While some out there may spout that “It looks photoshopped” rhetoric, editing your photos properly is essential in getting the look that you want. Also for my answer on how I feel about critiques on HDR and similar edits, check out my recent post.


  • What is a TEKA course?

    What is a teka course?

    What is a TEKA course? A TEKA course is a specialized course for teaching English to kids in Asia. It was created by ESLinsider.

    How does a TEKA course compare to a TEFL or TESOL course?

    TEFL and TESOL courses are "general" courses for teaching English as a foreign language or second language. They also tend to focus more on teaching adults and lack the specifics to effectively teach children.

    Why take a TEKA course?

    Based on my experience teaching English in East Asia. I would say that the "majority" of the jobs out there are focused on teaching children aged 5-13 years old.

    Before I taught English in Taiwan (my first country) I took a TESOL course and that course hardly prepared me for the challenges that layed ahead.

    That course was more theoretical.


  • The Ultimate Guide for K-Pop K-Drama and Korean Movie Lovers

    So, you’ve got some interest in Korean music, dramas, and/or movies?

    Well then you’re definitely in the right spot!

    Read on, or click a link below to jump to the point on the page that you are most interested in.

    We’re going to give you great info and resources on Korean music, dramas, and movies.

    A lot of people around the world love them music and storylines. As they watch and listen more, they want to know what the meanings are behind what the artists and actors are saying.

    That’s where we come in.

    The 90 Day Korean team is made up of both native Koreans who grew up here, as well as foreigners who have moved to Korea. So, that means you get a great mix: Locals who can explain what is happening, and people who can help interpret it so you can understand.

    Pretty cool, isn’t it?

    We’re constantly developing new content and articles, so if there’s something you’d like to see, please leave a comment below.


  • How To Say ‘TV’ In Korean

    Korean use many loan words from English and one such word is ‘TV’. Good news for you, this makes it exceptionally easy to remember. But the pronunciation in Korean can be very different. We’ll help you with that with explanation and audio. Also included are plenty of example sentences so you can start using it right away. So then, let’s learn how to say ‘TV’ in Korean!

    Can't read Korean yet? Click here to learn for free in about 90 minutes!

    ‘TV’ in Korean

    The official word for TV in Korean is 텔레비전 (tellebijeon). Just like all over the world, it is more often referred to as 티비 (tibi). In written form, you could also write ‘TV’ and most of the time Koreans will understand. Pay special attention to the pronunciation in Korean.


  • Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 61) Johnny The Greek

    Johnny The Greek is a stand-up comic, one of the original Ha-Ha Holers, and hardcore comedy enthusiast. We have a good talk about his background, Greek heritage and family. We talk about music, movies and comedy. We talk a lot about stand up and the right kind of attitude to have if you’re going to take to the mic.

    Johnny also shares a Moment of Triumph and Memory of Regret.
     
    If you enjoy the show, tell a friend about it, and please leave a review on iTunes or whatever app you listen to podcasts on. I’d really appreciate it!

  • Are all online TEFL courses self-paced?

    Yes, they are. I haven’t heard of otherwise. However, many have time limits that can range from 1–6 months. Some of the more popular ones are only 2–3 months.

    So that can put you in a pinch.

    And then if you consider the fact that most people take courses before they teach abroad then by the time they actually get abroad and start teaching their access to the course will be terminated.

    Now that might be fine if all you want to get is a certificate, but what if you want to learn?

    If you want to learn then I have to say that learning takes repetition and time. Even if you take an in-class course that course is limited by time and it's a one time deal. But chances are you won't remember all of it and that is especially true of many online courses as many people do not remember what they learn.

    See the research.


  • Dongmyeongsa Temple – 동명사 (Dongnae, Busan)


  • Traveling, Moving, Doing Business, and Living in South Korea

    Looking for some top notch info on traveling, moving, doing business, or living in South Korea?

    If so, you’ve come to the right spot!

    We’ve got heaps of awesome articles and resources to make sure that you know everything you need to make sure you have an amazing time on your next trip out here.

    Read on, or jump to your favorite subject in the table of contents below.

    So, what’s so special about these articles and pages?

    Well, we wrote them with all of our heart, hoping to give you the absolute essential info about everything related to life in Korea.

    A bit of background on us: The 90 Day Korean Team is made up of native-born Koreans and foreigners who live in Korea. We share our perspectives and experiences to give you a balanced write-up.


  • Korean Culture: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

    So you’re interested in Korean culture, and wanted to find out more?

    You’ve come to the right place!

    90 Day Korean team is a mixed team of Korean natives and foreigners who have combined their knowledge and experiences to bring you the best of the best. In the articles, you get the perspective of both natives of the language and culture, along with people who have come to Korea to live.

    This page has a ton of fantastic articles that you can explore to find out more about Korean culture. Along with the cultural information, we’ll often teach a bit of the language, such as special words or phrases that might give more depth to what you’re learning about.

    You don’t need to know any Korean to read these pages, but you may find that the more you know the language, the more you can understand the culture.

    Even a few words helps!


  • It’s Time to STOP Hating HDR

    Around 2007, a friend introduced me to this “new technique” called High Dynamic Range photography or HDR for short. He had just gotten into it and was making some truly epic images.


  • How ESLinsider is different

    How is ESLinsider different? Actually the goal wasn't to be different. The goal was and still is to be better.

    Lots of practical teaching ideas for free (how-to videos)

    I don't know of another TEFL course provider out there that put as many how-to videos (100+) on Youtube as I did. All other courses as far as I know keep everything they have (and what do they have???) behind a log in with access for a limited time (usually 2-6 months).

    Then there are the informational teaching sites that have games and activities on them, but in my experience they all sucked because they were disorganized, not easy to read and hey it's way easier to learn how to teach by watching other teachers than it is by reading about it. But if you like reading then under the instructional videos in the link above I put quick and easy to read bullet points.


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